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The Answer Sheet Archive: National Standards

When should kids be able to read?

A new campaign aims at getting kids to read by the end of third grade. The problem is that schools don't give them that much time anymore.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 10, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  National Standards, Reading  | Tags:  STEM, STEM education, anne e. casey foundation, casey foundation, common core standards, kids and reading, national standards, obama and school reform, obama's education goals, president obama and school reform, reading, reading by fourth grade, reading by third grade, why boys fail  
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Common Core Standards: Implications for instruction

An educator writes why there is little chance the Common Core standards can enter the classroom if the way students learn does not change.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 4, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, National Standards  | Tags:  common core initiative, common core standards, national standards, race to the top  
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Testing the Common Core Standards

A veteran of the standardized testing industry sets out to discover whether the Common Core Standards are "revolutionary" or whether they look a lot like standards states already have. Here's his report.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 21, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, National Standards, Standardized Tests  | Tags:  academic benchmarks, common core standards, common standards, content standards, national standards, standardized testing, standardized testing industry, state standards, testing industry, todd farley, todd s. farley  
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Kohn: Remember when we had higher standards? Neither do I

When, Alfie Kohn asks, haven't we been complaining about low standards in public schools and calling for accountability? The answer: Apparently, never. A golden period never existed.

By Valerie Strauss  | December 9, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Alfie Kohn, Guest Bloggers, National Standards  | Tags:  accountability, alfie kohn, common standards, education system, nation at risk, reagan administration, school reform, standards  
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Harvard’s strange ‘Strange Bedfellows’ education event

You might think, or at least I would, that a ticketed discussion at the Harvard University Institute of Politics on education would include people with different views. But with Michelle Rhee, Jeb Bush and John Podesta as the panel, the "discussion" will sound more like an echo chamber.

By Valerie Strauss  | November 9, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Charter schools, National Standards, No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, School turnarounds/reform  | Tags:  arne duncan, charter schools, education department, harvard, harvard university, institute of politics, iop, jeb bush, john podesta, margaret spellings, michelle rhee, no child left behind, obama education reform, president obama, race to the top, school reform  
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Are we still capable of educating for 'us-ness?'

Educator Marion Brady writes: Maintaining a viable democracy requires an educated citizenry willing, able, even eager, to talk about matters like these, matters having to do with who we are as a people, why we do the things we do, and where we’re headed. Those conversations require at least some understanding of the past, national character, economics, politics, government, science, religion, and so on-intellectual tools that allow us to trace the trends of our era, the curves of history, the causes and consequences of change. Those were the kinds of conversations thoughtful educators used to try to encourage ... Now, not so much."

By Valerie Strauss  | October 15, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Civics Education, Guest Bloggers, Marion Brady, National Standards  | Tags:  common standards, gettysburg address, joel klein, marion brady, michelle rhee, ronald reagan, school reform  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Mass personalization: Is this good for education?, Valerie Strauss , September 15, 2010
Obama ed policy lacks scientific support -- Willingham, Valerie Strauss , September 13, 2010
Willingham: Can reformers control their own reforms?, Valerie Strauss , August 16, 2010
The problem with ‘Race to the Top’ is the race, Valerie Strauss , August 11, 2010
Ravitch: Mayoral control means zero accountability, Valerie Strauss , August 4, 2010
Do high standards really help kids?, Valerie Strauss , July 21, 2010
Bad standards: Not just in Texas , Valerie Strauss , May 24, 2010
Are ed reformers ignoring American values?, Valerie Strauss , April 30, 2010
The problem(s) with the Common Core standards , Valerie Strauss , March 10, 2010
The six standards of school quality, Valerie Strauss , February 19, 2010
'Why Boys Fail’ in school, Valerie Strauss , February 3, 2010
Top 10 education issues for 2010, Valerie Strauss , January 8, 2010
Brady: The education reform train is off track , Valerie Strauss , December 23, 2009
The decade's 10 big education ideas, Valerie Strauss , December 18, 2009
Willingham: We have math standards, but now what?, Valerie Strauss , November 16, 2009
Educator: 'Race to the Top's' 10 false assumptions, Valerie Strauss , October 23, 2009
Willingham: Is School About Learning or About Grades?, Valerie Strauss , October 19, 2009
Why So Many People are So Angry At Arne Duncan, Valerie Strauss , September 24, 2009
 
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